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04/12 2014:

On Eagle's Wings Ecumenical Ministries

Wednesday, December 17: We All Need a Few “Fear Not” Friends

All at once an angel came down to them from the Lord, and the brightness of the Lord's glory flashed around them. The shepherds were frightened. But the angel said, "Don't be afraid! I have good news for you…                                                                                                                       Luke 2:9-10 CEV

Everyone needs someone in their lives to assure them that life is just as it should be! Especially when they are being invited to step beyond their comfort zone…

When the angels appeared before the shepherds sending the sky into a flutter with wings, song and bright lights, it definitely got the shepherds’ attention! Can you imagine the thoughts that raced through their hearts and minds? Even so, the words “fear not” along with the news that followed gave them a calming and intriguing reason to proceed, upon invitation, to Bethlehem. 

For seven years, I was asked to write the curriculum for teams teaching On Eagle’s Wings summer camps in far northern communities. Each time, I felt the combination of intrigue, humility, and uncertainty that goes with any new beginning. The On Eagle’s Wings staff would encourage me, but the key “comforters” were the “come-as-you” children of the North whose smiles continually relayed a “fear not” assurance that everything was just as it should be! And so, I made a point of beginning the development of texts and themes each year while I was still in the North. I knew I could count on finding a needed sense of security with the people and land that I ultimately served - whether I was sitting on the dock watching a sunset in Wha’ti, feeling Mary’s drum and dance while Tommy sang a story in Cambridge Bay, taking a walk within Aklavik, or taking a delightful step in muddy footprints with little friends along the Mackenzie River. And, before I left a community, I’d take photos to post them on the wall around my lap top at home - to continue the assurance of being immersed in that same welcoming and gracious “fear not” faith community.  Real-live, modern day, “Fear Not” Friends are everywhere; ready, waiting, and heaven sent to urge you on your way! 

Dear God, thank you for intriguing occasions and events in our lives, from today and Bible times – the ones that make us yearn for your assurance that life is just as it should be! Keep us on the lookout for “Fear Not” friends that will draw us into new beginnings with the assurance that you are with us! Amen.

Miriam “Mim” Campbell

Director for Children and Family

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church

On Eagle’s Wings Curriculum Support and Previous Bible Camp Volunteer

Lakeville, Minnesota

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